Huangyao Town, Zhaoping county, Hezhou City, Guangxi, China
Reasons to visit
A beautiful ancient town near Guilin
Huangyao Ancient Town is the one of the most popular destinations for foreign travelers. This town has a history more than hundreds of years. The original one can be dated back to the Song Dynasty. It is 200km far from Guilin, located in the Northeast of Zhaoping County town.
Huangyao was built during the Wanli Period (1573-1620) of the Ming Dynasty, and reached its prime during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The family names of the townspeople were mainly Huang and Yao, hence the town became known as "Huangyao Town". The town is most famous for its mountains with caves, pavilions, temples, ancestor hills, old trees and tables. Every comer of the town presents typical Chinese scene and presents a marvelous photo views. It has been described as that: “Huangyao town as a millennium collection, have been forgotten in the library quiet on the shelves when people come inadvertently turned this beautiful chapter, simple and elegant style to conquer the hearts of the people.”
What to See in Huangyao Ancient Town
Huangyao Ancient Town is repute as "a dreamland for families". Covering a total area of 3.6 square kilometers, it features the typical karst geography. All the ancient streets are built in stones. The slide ground is smooth as a mirror so that this town is clean in visitors’ eyes.
【Ming Style Relics】 The natural attractions include eight large ones and 24 small ones with about 20 well-preserved temples and more than 10 pavilions. These sites are all built in the Ming Dynasty style. Famous ones includes Wenming Pavilion, Xingning Temple, Shizi Temple, Ancient Performance Platform, Wu family ancestral hall, Zuolong Temple, Dailong Bridge, etc.
【Wenming Pavilion】 This temple was built on the mountain. It functions as a worship site of the locals. Just climbing up from the Wenming Pavilion, there is a platform for locals to pray rainy days during the drought season (a custom in Chinese local countryside.). Viewing from here, you can see the leisure countryside scene with clean river and green fields. Children would like to have some activities such as seeing fireworks and having barbecue on the lawn which is located under the Wenming Pavilion.
【Zhou’s Family Reservoir】 On the direction to Zhaoping, there is a reservoir as a scenic area now. About 20 bamboo rafts for people to use freely. Be careful when you are standing on the bamboo raft. On the way to the reservoir, beautiful scenery along both sides will company with you. The special yellow soil and brick wall with zigzag fields describes a tender picture.
What to Eat in Haungyao
► Huangyao tofu is a major feature of the local dishes, stuffed bean curd and bean curd, both should try.
► Huangyao still fresh mushroom, mushroom fried rice cake, vegetables also Xiantian, carp and grass carp markets.
► Huangyao also sell tea; Huang Yao famous lobster sauce, for seasoning.
How to Get to Huangyao Ancient Town
By train: Take trains to Hezhou, and then to Huangyao Ancient Town by bus. One of the convenient train is No. K9336 / K 9337 Nanning – Hezhou.
By bus: Take bus from Guangzhou to Hezhou, 5 buses daily. Take buse from Guilin to Hezhou, 2 buses daily.